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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,457 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Jon Williams Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hardwired Series Release Date:
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In Walter Jon Williams’ classic cyberpunk novel, the remnants of a war-ravaged America endure in scattered, heavily armed colonies, while the wealthy Orbital Corporations now control the world. Cowboy, an ex–fighter pilot who has become “hardwired” via skull sockets directly to his lethal electronic hardware, is now a panzerboy, a hi-tech smuggler riding armored hovertanks through the balkanized countryside. He teams up with Sarah, an equally cyborized gun-for-hire, to make a last stab at independence from the rapacious Orbitals. Together, they gather an unlikely gang of misfits for a ride that will take them to the edge of the atmosphere.

This action-packed adventure is a must-read for science fiction fans everywhere.

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  • Hardwired is a tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars—glittering, nasty, and noble—and told in a style perfectly suiting its content. It has all my favorite things—blood, love, fire, hate, and a high ideal or two. I wish I’d written this one.”

    Roger Zelazny, Hugo, Locus, and Nebula award–winning author

  • “Williams’ use of language is as explosive and as techno-tinged as the world he describes. Reading the book is like taking a jet ride across a futuristic America, with acceleration forcing you back in your seat all the way.”

    Tom Von Malder

  • “A tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars.”

    Roger Zelazny

  • “Heavy-metal adventure.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nigel | 2/14/2014

    " A fun read, a science fiction 'heavy metal' novel, set in a futuristic postwar america where the huge orbiting corporations rule, and man is literally 'hardwired' to his technology. The writing is fast-paced, the tone is dark and the story is gripping. It's apparently considered to be one of the three 'founding' cyberpunk novels, along with William Gibson's Neuromancer and Bruce Sterling's 'The Artificial Kid'. Definitely worth a read. If you like dark foreboding rollercoaster scifi novels that is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sean Henry | 2/8/2014

    " I always end up coming back to this book when I fall into a Gibson mood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark Sieger | 2/7/2014

    " This was fun to read. Cyberpunk at its best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jason Case | 2/2/2014

    " This is a cutting edge novel with a fabulous ending and a hard core story "

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